Helpful CalmConnect Tips

CalmConnect provides safety and affiliation by allowing each child to become engaged with others through an activity that creates a calm and attentive state.

 

  • CalmConnect is a program best used without talking. CalmConnect can be done seated or standing with minimal classroom reconfiguration.

  • A user does not need to be moving to be engaged in CalmConnect.  Our definition of participation is this:  As long a user is not engaged in a different activity than the rest of the group when doing CalmConnect, they are participating. It’s not about doing it correctly, or getting better, or learning a new skill.

  • The less a leader (parent, teacher, therapist) interacts with the individual/ group using CalmConnect, the more effective CalmConnect is.

  • Do it together when you can.  CalmConnect is a shared activity that helps the whole family or classroom to become calmer and connect with one other.  Research shows that when a group of people is engaged together in simultaneous shared physical movement, there are significant benefits leading to affiliation and collaboration.

  • Use CalmConnect at the same time each day for the first few weeks. This will prepare users (and their nervous systems) to anticipate and welcome the calming sequences.  CalmConnect works well as a transition tool or priming activity. Many families use CalmConnect in the morning before school, before homework or a stressful activity, and before bedtime.

  • One way to use CalmConnect wrong is to have the students follow (imitate) a human leader instead of those on the screen.  What sets CalmConnect apart is the consistency, reliability and safety of the people on the screen.They provide the same, nonjudgmental, compassionate expressions day in and day out.

  • You may notice some differences right away.  Other changes may come after 4 to 6 weeks.  After a month of use, reported changes include increased speech and language,  eye contact,  imitative behavior, collaborative behavior, and decreased negative behavior.

  • If a student is struggling with a specific movement or sequence, don’t immediately assume that they want (or need) help.  Provide assistance (hand over hand) only if they ask for help. Otherwise, allow the user to engage in CalmConnect in their own, authentic way.

  • CalmConnect is not a competitive activity.  CalmConnect is not a game where users compete against one another.  The emphasis has nothing to do with imitating the moves correctly, although many people will see marked improvement over time. CalmConnect provides benefits to children of all ages and abilities, as it activates and supports a calm and attentive nervous system.